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As can be seen in the picture above, work progresses well on the HMS Canada model and a big thank you to all that have donated to the restoration appeal so far. The project remains on track for it to be on display at the special Jutland Exhibition in Portsmouth this Spring. If you would like to donate to the appeal, you can do so here - don't forget to select the gift aid option is you are a UK tax payer!




Steam Pinnace 199, which is supported by the Friends, has just been awarded not one but two national awards. The first was the National Historic Ships' Marsh Award for historic conservation and the second, Institution of Mechanical Engineers Award for Volunteering in the Conservation of an Industrial Heritage Artefact, with judges praising “the outstanding outreach potential, high aesthetic appeal” of the project and “the opportunity to sustain traditional skills”.  The awards well reward the hard work, dedication, expertise and enthusiasm of the whole project crew.




The Director of The National Museum of the Royal Navy has asked the Friends for their help in the planned exhibition to commemorate the Battle of Jutland (30 May - 1 June 1916) next year.

The centrepiece of the exhibition will be the restored model of HMS CANADA. She was a unique ship in the campaign as the only Dreadnought Class Battleship in the Royal Navy that sported 14 inch main guns.

The large model has been acquired from the Imperial War Museum and at present is in a sorry state of repair, much due to bomb damage during World War II. The model is a fitting tribute to all those that fought at the Battle of Jutland.

Repair and restoration costs are estimated to be in the region of £15,000 and the Council of the Friends has agreed to pay two thirds of this amount from reserve funds. We are now actively fund-raising for the remaining £5000. We are looking to Friends and indeed any generous donors with an interest in preserving and promoting our Naval heritage.

It is hoped that a Just Giving page will be set up soon for this project but in the meantime, if you would like to donate or have any ideas for fundraising, please contact Roger Trise on 02392 251589.





The Annual General Meeting of the Friends was once again held in the Princess Royal Gallery of the National Museum and attracted many members who were appraised of council business, updated on what was happening with the Museum and also had a snapshot of the Defence output of HMS Victory from her Commanding Officer. Following the meeting, members and guests were entertained to a lovely buffet supper onboard HMS Victory. Details about the 2016 AGM will follow in due course.